#OptOutside This Holiday Season

As a premier outdoor destination and the gateway to the Sierras, there is no better way to spend your extended Thanksgiving Weekend than outside. After indulging in all the delicious turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie you can handle, skip the lines and #optoutside for your next adventure.

Go on a Hike

There are a countless number of reasons why Reno is awesome, but one that stands out is the year-round hiking. We tend to not get as much snow on the valley floor compared to the mountains, but even if we do, that just make the views more spectacular.

Hunter Creek– The waterfall at the end might not be flowing as heavy as it does in the spring, but the proximity to town, the views, and the surrounding forest, make this trail great year-round.

Huffaker Hills Trail– If you’re looking for a view of the Truckee Meadows set against the backdrop of the majestic Sierras, check out this trail. Set in the middle of town, this trail has no shade and is perfect to explore on a cool November day.

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Explore Public Art

Take your friends and family on a self-guided public art walk through MidTown and Downtown Reno. See some of the murals recently commissioned during our inaugural Reno Mural Expo, or the various Burning Man pieces located throughout the area. For an interactive map of all Reno’s public art, visit RenoCulture.com.

Hit the Slopes

Yep, it’s that time of year again! Head to the mountains for your snow fix. Mt Rose, Squaw Valley, and Northstar California all have *opening dates before Thanksgiving!

*Weather conditions apply. Please visit their respective websites for up to date information.

Open top to bottom 😋 #HERO6

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Ice Skate

Set to open *November 22nd, lace up your skates and channel your inner Michelle Kwan at the downtown Reno ice rink at Greater Nevada Field.

*Weather conditions apply. Please visit Reno.Gov for up to date information.

Ice Skating

Ride Your Bike

Whether you want to hit the dirt or cruise the pavement, riding your bike is the perfect way to #optoutside Thanksgiving weekend. Located only a few miles north of downtown is the Keystone and Evans Canyon Trails. Both trails provide accessibility for all levels and link up to other trails on Peavine Mountain giving you over 40 miles of accessible single track.

If you are looking to cruise the pavement, then head to the Truckee River. The bike path follows the river, and you can take it west from downtown to Mayberry Park. You’ll find some amazing coffee shops along the river to break up your ride.

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Virginia City

Spend some time exploring the old mining town of Virginia City. The history and stories of this town are as rich and colorful as the buildings themselves. Thanksgiving weekend also marks the return of the Candy Cane Express. During the 50-minute scenic ride over the 140-year old V&T railroad route, enjoy hot cocoa, candy canes, and cookies on the festively decorated train!

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Whitney Peak Climbing Wall

Yes, Whitney Peak has an indoor climbing gym, but to get you outside, try their Guinness Book of World Records, “World’s Largest Climbing Wall.” The outdoor climbing wall is 164 ft tall and offers the best views and selfie opportunities with the Reno Arch.

Gone Fishing

Enjoy Reno Tahoe’s great outdoors by fishing our world-class lakes and rivers. Grab your waiters and fish for trout in the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake.

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Nevada Football

Besides devouring Turkey, another popular Thanksgiving tradition is gathering around the television and watching football. Something even better than gathering around the TV is attending a game. The Nevada Wolfpack will take on the UNLV Rebels Saturday, November 25th for their annual rivalry game. Between the excitement of the game and the energy of the crowd, attending a Wolfpack Football game will not only get you outside but combine multiple Thanksgiving traditions into one.

No matter what you and your family decide to do this Thanksgiving weekend, we hope you have a safe and fun holiday in Reno Tahoe.